Doubts thrown over £2bn plans for Stone Henge traffic tunnel

Doubt has been thrown on £2bn plans to build a tunnel under Stonehenge.

Sir Kier Starmer appeared to be lukewarm about the controversial scheme in a recent interview and Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey said he would scrap the project.

The news comes after Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site, who oppose the government’s two-mile tunnel on the A303, were granted permission to launch a legal appeal against the decision to press ahead with the scheme.

Ed Davey said: “Everything I’ve heard would put me in mind to  scrap it.

“We’re very dubious about the scheme. Whether it’s value for money, whether it’s good for the environment.

“Local people have raised a lot of concerns about it and we have to listen to those.”

Sir Keir Starmer said  that “something needs to be done” at Stonehenge to improve traffic.

In an interview with the BBC the Labour leader described traffic on the A303 in Wiltshire as awful.

He added: “I think the current plan is evidence of how long infrastructure projects take under this government. We’ve got to change that.

“We will have to wait for the court hearing, but then we will review after that.

“I want to see what the court actually says about it first because it’s now a decision from the court. But something has got to be done because the traffic situation there is intolerable.”

A Conservative spokesman said: “We have committed to dualling the A303 in our manifesto – but Labour has made no commitment at all.”

 

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